Christina Newland

Criterion Collection’s La Strada

Criterion Collection’s La Strada

Federico Fellini’s La Strada views like a modern-day fairytale. True fairytales always end in cruelty. The movie’s backdrop is a poverty ravished war-torn Italy in the 50s. Way before Clint Eastwood tried his hand at spaghetti westerns, both Anthony Quinn and Richard Basehart paved the way for American actors to work in Italian cinema. What was viewed as a downgrade or career suicide, La Strada turned into movie gold for both actors. From this movie, Italy and America enjoyed cross-pollination in the movie industry that inspired many years to come after La Strada.